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Tunisia extends state of emergency for additional month

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi speaks at a press conference in Tunis, Tunisia on 27 December 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has decided to extend the countrywide state of emergency for an additional month starting 7 November, the presidency announced yesterday.

“Following consultations on the country’s security situation with the Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and the President of the People’s Representatives Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur, the president decided to extend the state of emergency throughout the country for one more month,” the presidency statement read.

The state of emergency was first imposed in Tunisia on 24 November 2015, following a bloody bomb attack which targeted a bus of the presidential guard, leaving 12 dead. Since then, the state of emergency in Tunisia has been extended many times.

The last extension, which lasted for a month, was imposed on 8 October.

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